Gairdner Science Week 2023

October 24:A New Era of Artificial Intelligence: Envisioning the Future of Health and Science

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Artificial intelligence has entered the scene. It has transformed how many things are done and is set to continue changing the status quo in many fields. Already, researchers, leveraging the capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI), have changed the game in health and science, accelerating discovery and launching breakthroughs.

Hear from AI researcher and entrepreneur Dr. Demis Hassabis as he delves into where we are with harnessing AI in health and science, where it’s going and and how we move forward in a responsible way. Dr. Hassabis will give a 20-min keynote and then will be joined by Shingai Manjengwa, Head of AI Education at ChainML, for a 30-min fireside chat and Q&A following his keynote. 

This event, in partnership with the Gairdner Foundation and the Public Policy Forum, is part of the Gairdner Global Perspectives Panel series presented by Telus Health

Can't join in person? Watch the livestream here on October 24 at 7 PM ET.


About the Keynote Speaker

Dr. Demis Hassabis
2023 Canada Gairdner International Award Laureate
Founder & CEO, Google DeepMind; AlphaFold Project Lead 

Demis Hassabis is the Founder and CEO of DeepMind, the world’s leading AI research company, and now a part of Alphabet. Founded in 2010, DeepMind has been at the forefront of the field ever since, producing landmark research breakthroughs such as AlphaGo, the first program to beat the world champion at the complex game of Go, and AlphaFold, which was heralded as a solution to the 50-year grand challenge of protein folding.

His work has been cited over 100,000 times and has featured in Science’s top 10 Breakthroughs of the Year on 4 separate occasions. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, and the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2017 he featured in the Time 100 list of most influential people, and in 2018 he was awarded a CBE.

About the Moderator

Shingai Manjengwa
Head of AI Education at ChainML; Founder of Fireside Analytics Inc.

Shingai is the Head of AI Education at ChainML where she works with clients on AI education, adoption, and implementation, from an AI product idea to an affordable and scalable deployment. Shingai is a seasoned data scientist who started her career in retail analytics and she led technical education at the Vector Institute for AI. Shingai is a children’s book author and the founder of Fireside Analytics Inc., a data science education company with over half a million learners that have taken her online courses through IBM and Coursera. 


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